Fig & orange oat bread

This hearty soda bread is filled with fresh figs and orange zest. It makes for a delicious addition to breakfast or a great snack!

Fig & Orange Oat Bread |

A few weeks ago I went to a taping of The Chew. From the absolute last row of the studio, we watched them make grilled cheeses, burgers and milkshakes without getting to enjoy a single bite. The taping started at 9am, we were out of the building by 10:45 standing on the streets of New York and completely ravenous. Since we had absolutely no idea where we could get the soda shop episode food we just watched at that time of the morning, we headed to Eataly instead knowing we would definitely be able to find something there to make our growling stomachs happy.

Fig & Orange Oat Bread |

Within minutes, I was standing in front of the bakery section faced with the decision of what $8 loaf of bread I was going to bring home. Somehow, I made a decision (without drooling all over the display case) and a fig & orange loaf ended up in my bag.

In what can be explained as nothing other than divine intervention, I somehow managed to not attack it on the 80 minute train ride home and actually waited until I got back inside my house, in my kitchen and took out a plate like a civilized person.

What happened next is probably not even fit for internet consumption. It might have been the most intense moment I’ve ever had with a piece of food, we’ll leave it at that.

The bread lasted all of 18 hours in our house and was finished by the time lunch rolled around the following day. Needless to say, it needed to be recreated.

Fig & Orange Oat Bread |

Which brings me to this.

Eataly used dried figs, I used fresh. Eataly’s didn’t have walnuts, I added some. Theirs was in the shape of a loaf, I decided to go the soda bread looking route (which it kind of is anyway sans the whole yeast thing). I’m pretty sure we used a different combination of flours too. But the fig & orange flavor is what made that bread and that’s exactly what makes this one.

It’s hearty and dense and if you rip off a warm piece straight out of the oven with some butter and honey you might find yourself sitting over the finished photo shoot inhaling an entire section of it by yourself.

Although, you probably don’t take pictures of your food, so maybe not.

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This hearty soda bread is filled with fresh figs and orange zest. It makes for a delicious addition to breakfast or a great snack!
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 8
  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups buttermilk (*see note)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh figs
  • zest of 1 orange
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • oats for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and flour a baking sheet, set aside.
  2. Combine flours, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in buttermilk.
  4. Loosely combine with a spatula.
  5. Add figs, orange zest and walnuts and fold in with a spatula.
  6. Once dough starts to come together, transfer to a floured countertop and knead together until it forms a ball.
  7. Transfer ball of dough onto the baking sheet and with a sharp serrated knife, make an “X” in the top, slicing about ⅔ of the way through the dough.
  8. Brush the top of the dough with the melted butter and sprinkle oats on top.
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown on the top and center is no longer raw/doughy.
  10. Best served warm with butter and honey.
Buttermilk can be made using regular (or almond) milk and adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Let sit for a few minutes to “curdle” before using.


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  1. 1

    That looks so delicious! Love the idea of putting figs in the bread like that it sounds delicious :)

  2. 2

    Confession – I’ve only had figs in one item and I bet you can guess what lol but I love the idea of this bread!! I’d totally devour it.

  3. 3

    Haha, like Rachel, I’ve only had figs in one’s sad, I know, but I can’t get myself to eat a fig. They just look weird to me..if we can find a fig in SF, maybe you can force me to eat it. This bread seriously looks good, though. I love the addition of walnuts and fresh figs – I feel that anything fresh (fruit) is better than dried! If it were me, the bread you bought would not have survived an 80 minute train ride..I would’ve devoured it like a carboholic!

  4. 4

    Looks amazing, Gina! And I love the new site design :)

  5. 5

    18 hours, I’d say that’s pretty good! I don’t know if it would have lasted 4 hours in mine LOL

  6. 6

    I LOVE making soda bread. No rise time, no kneading and so many flavors. Who would have ever thought of figs in it though? Love this!

  7. 7

    I have never tried figs! But, this sounds divine…and I love using curdled almond milk in place of buttermilk. Yum!!

  8. 8

    Very interesting flavor combo. I don’t think I have ever tried figs other than a fig newton but definitely pinning this to make for breakfast soon.

  9. 9

    You may not believe this, but I’ve been on a hunt for this EXACT type of bread recipe fooooooooor about a year now. Something non-yeasty (who has time for that?) that could handle the texture and moisture of fresh figs. Holy crap. So excited.

  10. 11

    Anyone know if this bread can be made with any of the “alternative flours”… that is, wheat-free?

  11. 12

    Fresh figs never seem to last that long in our house. Do you ever make this with dried figs? Thanks!

  12. 14

    Fresh figs > dried…not so sweet, but so much unique flavor. I’d have been gobbling up the bread as I took my shots, too…and while I edited. And every opportunity thereafter…


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